Jesse is joined by Wendell Pierce ("Bunk," top) and Andre Royo ("Bubbles," bottom) from HBO’s brilliant crime drama The Wire. The Wire isn’t just another cop show — it’s an investigation of contemporary urban America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. Royo and Pierce discuss what its like to authentically portray urban life, and whether a white writer can capture the largely black experience of inner-city urban life in Baltimore.
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The "Treme" and "The Wire" actor on his career, launching a supermarket chain in New Orleans, and why Americans shy away from reality on television.
"The Wire" creator David Simon calls his critically acclaimed HBO series "a political tract masquerading as a cop show." In this political year, we talk with Simon about the presidential election, the state of journalism and the war on drugs — as well as about his recent HBO miniseries on Marines in Iraq, "Generation Kill." Simon is also author of books including "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" which inspired the Emmy Award-winning television program of the same name. He is currently writer in residence at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
David Simon and Eric Overmyer met when they worked as writers on the show Homicide: Life on the Streets. The two men teamed up again for The Wire, Simon’s critically-acclaimed HBO series set on the streets of Baltimore. Now Simon and Overmyer have set their cameras on post-Katrina New Orleans, where they have written and produced a new HBO series, Treme.